CALIFORNIA CITY — A proposal to clean air conditioning air ducts and replace deteriorated fiberglass insulation in City Hall was set aside in favor of researching replacing the duct work altogether.

The City Council on Tuesday tabled consideration of a $9,500 contract to clean the ducts in the system and directed Interim Public Works Director Joe Barragan to look into the replacement costs.

The cleaning at least is necessary because it has become a health hazard, as fibers from the deteriorated fiberglass insulation have splintered off and are distributed through the building each time the air conditioner runs.

Personnel in City Hall have experienced reactions including headaches; congestion; watering, itching or burning eyes; itchy throats and noses and coughing whenever the air conditioner was running, according to the staff report.

Staff believe the duct system is at least 20 years old.

The city received quotes for the work from two companies, out of about two dozen that were requested, Barragan said.

The lowest quote was from Machado Environmental Corp. of Glendale for $9,558.

Given the age of the system, Councilmember Ron Smith suggested that replacing and improving it may be a better option.

“I think money could be better spent by seeing about getting it all done at one shot,” he said.

Mayor Chuck McGuire agreed the replacement may be the way to go.

“Is this the wisest way to spend our money?” he said.

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